A Space Age Vision Advances in the Clinic

Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 1000-1001
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.1000

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A daring goal that has captured the public imagination is the implantation of a totally artificial heart into patients with end-stage heart failure, a remarkable achievement despite recent setbacks. But many say a less radical technology--the heart assist device--is leading the revolution. Both are just stopgaps for now, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved them only as a "bridge to transplant," not as a permanent solution.